Hertfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Here is a selection of the entries in this YOPEY... Do you know someone like them? Then nominate!

 

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Annie-Rose wants GPs to identify children in caring roles

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A courageous young woman who has turned personal adversity into a positive force is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Sixteen-year-old Annie-Rose Cutler refused to let her role as a young carer confine her aims in life, and is campaigning for greater awareness for those in a similar position.

Now she’s been nominated for the Affinity Water

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Teen looks after sick dad and volunteers in charity shops

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A dedicated young man who devotes his spare time to looking after his dad is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Sixteen-year-old Colin Junior Knight cooks, cleans and shops for his father Colin as well as finding time to study and help others.

Now he’s been nominated for the Affinity Water Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ –

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Team of sixth-formers 'fundamentally' change school

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A group of sixth-formers, chosen to lead their school, have raised £1,000s for charity and “positively affected the learning, working and wellbeing of every student and staff member”.

Now the Student Leadership Group (SLG) at Roundwood Park School in Harpenden have been nominated for the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.

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Saphire overcomes difficult home-life to help at school

A determined girl who helps to raise money for charity while overcoming a difficult time in her family life is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Twelve-year-old Saphire Brown steps up every time her form tutor organises fundraising events for charities such as the Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City and Cancer Research UK.

Now she has been nominated for the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars

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Joe shows school how to remember wars' fallen

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A Harpenden teenager does not want his generation to forget the sacrifice of earlier generations in two world wars and other conflicts so he set about reviving Remembrance Day as a major event in his school’s calendar.

Eighteen-year-old Joe McNiel invited a serving soldier to speak to his school and because not every one of about 1500 students and staff at Roundwood Park could not fit in the school hall, he put live video links into every

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Jake goes from trouble-maker to would-be teacher

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At school Jake Curston was always in trouble, ready to pick a fight and disrupting class. He had ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome gave him a ‘tick’ that destroyed his confidence and attracted bullies.

Excluded from school, with low esteem, anger issues and limited prospects his father feared he would end up in prison. ‘And so did I,’ admits the teenager.

Fast forward three or four years and Jake is at college

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Touched by cancer Elouise declares 'show must go on'

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According to the old saying the show must go on. But when in the space of a few years you have lost three close family members to cancer and two others are being treated for the disease it takes a lot to produce, direct, write and appear in an all-singing, all-dancing night of entertainment.

But Beaumont School student Elouise Wathen had more than applause in mind. Her big production aimed to raise big money and awareness for Macmillan

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Sisters help parents of stillborn children grieve

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Three Watford sisters who joined forces to raise money for families struggling with stillborn bereavement are in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

The teenage Green sisters – Kirsty, Natalie and Rachel – came together to show their support for their cousin, after he lost his baby boy at birth. The money they collected has been used to purchase a much needed cold

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Amy cares at home, school and Rainbows

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A girl who helps care for her family and is training to be a Young Leader in Girlguiding is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.

Thirteen-year-old Amy Gibson’s father has epilepsy which can strike at any time and her mother has various conditions which can lay her low. When this happens Amy steps up to look after her little sister Emily, 11.

Now Amy has been nominated

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Beth goes extra mile for those with special needs

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At the age of 10 Beth Davidson learnt sign language so she could ‘buddy up’ with a fellow pupil who had Down’s Syndrome and communication challenges. It left her with a zeal for making sure non-verbal children have a voice.

Now she is breaking down the barriers of silence at a Welwyn Garden City special school and aims to develop her dream career helping others as a teacher.     

Beth, aged 20,

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